Waist trainers have been around forever, in one form or another. Corsets were used in humankind’s ancient days to accomplish the same types of body shaping results they are today. There are several different types of waist trainers out there which often get confused.
This guide should clear the record with regards to what characterizes a waist trainer, how to use waist trainers, and which products we believe are the best waist trainer for different uses. It’s important to keep in mind that the results you see from a waist trainer depend on how dedicated you are to using it.
What Are Waist Trainers
Our waist trainers vs. waist cinchers article covers this topic in depth, but we’ll provide a quick overview here. Each of these products is quite similar but differ mostly in how they are used. Below is a quick comparison of each:
Waist Trainers: Meant for long-term use in the pursuit of re-shaping one’s figure. Meant to be worn often and designed with comfort in mind.
Waist Cinchers: Meant for short-term use to provide an hourglass shape. Designed to be cheap and effective; not always with comfort in mind.
Corsets: Can be used for either purpose and are typically more formal, refined, and fashionable in their design. Best-in-class for aesthetics.
The Best Waist Trainers
There’s a lot of options out there for waist trainers. Below you’ll find a list of products from our store that we know to be of high quality, good design, and effective in producing results. View the Clover Canyon shop to view a full list of waist trainers. Below are some of the top-rated and most popular products.
Types of Waist Trainers
We’re pretty much finished discussing waist cinchers and corsets. Let’s focus on what you need to know to find the best waist trainer. There are several different types of waist trainers out there that offer advantages over others—depending on how you plan to use them. For example, a formal waist trainer corset might be ideal to wear with a formal gown to a formal event but a neoprene workout waist trainer is best for the gym.
Standard Waist Trainer
These types of waist trainers are the most basic design. They are the most-similar to waist cinchers but come with more robust fastening systems, give added consideration to comfort, and can easily be re-sized. Pictured above is the Anne Cherry Hooked Latex Waist Trainer. These are designed to be used in everyday situations and are even suitable for use in the gym (though they may restrict some movements.)
Long Waist Trainer
Waist trainers also come in extended-length designs meant to maximize their shaping power. These are designed to go from under one’s breast (sometimes over) to about mid-hip. This extension in length helps provide the maximum support possible to reinforce an hourglass shape. These designs restrict movement and definitely aren’t the best waist trainer for every situation.
Underbust & Overbust Waist Trainers
Overbust and underbust are usually only something you’ll find when shopping for corsets. Some waist trainers feature these designs so it’s important to be aware of them. Underbust trainers are designed to fit snuggly under one’s breasts in such a way to provide some lifting action and support. Overbust fits over the breasts and provides much of the same support one might expect from a strapless bra.
Waist Trainer Corsets
Corsets and waist trainers aren’t that different. The biggest separation here is that corsets are rarely designed to be multi-purpose. That is, you don’t want to wear a corset to the gym. Corsets often feature strips of flexible metal known as boning to help reinforce their shaping power. These are excellent ways to help get that hourglass figure but aren’t well-suited for active lifestyles. Additionally, corsets tend to be more formal in appearance, often feature lacy or elegant patterning, and commonly feature lace-up fasteners.
Exercise Waist Trainer
Any waist trainer could be worn during a trip to the gym but many are ill-suited for such. The best waist trainers for gym use are smaller in overall height, use thicker and more flexible materials (neoprene) and are free of any type of hard boning. These are commonly referred to as belly bands, sweatbands, or even waist slimmers. In contrast to more traditional designs, waist trainers designed for active use often feature a zip-up design or a wrap-around-velcro attachment system.
Cheap Waist Trainers
Every market has its bottom of the barrel—waist trainers are no different. Cheap waist trainers on Amazon generally sell for less than $10 and are good enough for a few nights out. Expect these items to have shotty seams, rip or tear easily, and have peculiar sizing. You’ll likely be looking at a latex/cotton blend with a hook/eye design. If you’re looking for a waist trainer to wear on a few select occasions or just want to experience one first hand—cheap waist trainers are a viable option. If you plan to wear one often, however, look for a higher quality design.
Materials & Designs
Every waist trainer, waist cincher, or corset is available in many different materials with many different design features. One of the most discerning of such features is the structural boning found in many designs. These separate casual waist trainers from those used for long-term, serious waist shaping purposes. Depending on one’s intended use, different materials are better suited for waist shaping as well. For example, if your goal is to lose belly fat first and shape your waist second, the best waist trainer for you is likely one that features a thick material such as neoprene—designed to burn fat. Below you’ll find several common types of materials and designs found among waist trainers.
Fabrics reinforced with latex are proven to have better strength and performance under stress. Latex is a natural rubbery-material that helps fabrics be more flexible and elastic. Many waist trainers feature latex blends in their material.
Neoprene is the material your beer koozies or sunglass straps are made of. It’s highly-flexible, lightweight, and can help heat things up fast. Waist trainers designed to help reduce unwanted fat through sweating are mostly-neoprene materials. These waist trainers are often a wrap-around design and short in height.
Metal & Plastic Boning
Waist shaping involves training one’s figure to contour to a more curvy shape. The body will resist this change and “push” against any waist trainer attempting to reshape it. Boning structures are thin strips of either metal or plastic material that are meant to help “cage” one’s body into shape. This allows for a better overall shaping power but comes at the price of flexibility and range-of-movement. These are ideal for casual use and long-term waist training.
This design is common among waist trainers for gym use and typically feature neoprene materials. Wrap-around designs are often popular in post-partum waist trainers and provide the highest degree of adjustability. These are also the most common design among waist trainers designed to help reduce stomach fat first.
Zippers are the hallmark of many clothing designs. They provide secure fastening and can help make opening and seams more supportive when higher tensions are present. Many full-length waist trainers feature front zipper designs to provide better overall support. Zippers are also used to help cover-up other fastening systems to help prevent snagging. The Eleady waist trainer corset is an excellent example of a zip-up design.
Hook & Eye Fasteners
Hook-and-eye designs are great—they’re cheap, supportive, and adjustable. These are common among the best waist trainer designs on the market today. The only downside here is that there are a lot of pieces that could break, dislodge, or get snagged on other clothing. Many hook-and-eye waist trainers integrate another piece of fabric to fold over their hook sections to avoid such issues. Cheap waist trainers will usually have hook and eyes that come loose easily, don’t line up properly, and break over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you’ll find a Q&A format covering some of the most common waist trainer questions. Always keep in mind that everyone has unique needs and that no answer is likely to be relevant to every single person.
Which waist trainer works the best?
Waist trainers with flexible boning are best for long-term body shaping, those with thick, neoprene, wrap-around designs are best for losing belly fat, full-length waist trainers are best for overall support, short-length designs are best for flexibility. Consider how you will use your waist trainer to better understand which one will be the best fit for you. Don’t be afraid to purchase multiple designs to accommodate more dynamic goals. For example, common practice is to use a less-constrictive design to produce long-term results while occasionally substituting a short-length waist cincher for special events.
What’s the best waist trainer for working out?
Hand’s down: wrap-around neoprene designs. These are the best choice for two reasons: they are the most flexible and they help burn the most fat. Avoiding as much restriction in movement is ideal and these types of waist trainers get the job done. In fact, this type of design is similar to weight-lifting belts that are scientifically proven to help avoid injury during a workout.
Where can I buy a waist trainer?
Amazon has the widest selection of waist trainers though sorting through them can be a nightmare. CloverCanyon’s waist trainer store provides a curated list of the best waist trainers to help make things easy. Some local retailers such as Wal-Mart have some basic options but rarely anything of quality. These are great choices for one-time use waist trainers or waist cinchers you only plan on using a few times before they break.
Do waist trainers work?
Yes! Waist training has been around for centuries as an effective means of re-shaping one’s body. There is even scientific evidence to help explain how they can help reduce stomach fat! Results vary from person to person and are largely a product of how dedicated one is to get results. After all, don’t expect a waist trainer to offer benefits after wearing it for only one week. Remarkable results require remarkable effort. If your goal is to achieve a permanent re-shaping of your body then you should expect to invest some serious time and effort. On the other hand, waist cinchers can provide immediate results in outwardly reshaping your figure. The gotcha is: as soon as you take it off your figure returns to normal!
Waist trainers are effective in helping to reshape our bodies in ways that are often hard to believe. They come in many different designs and feature many different materials. The types of waist trainers discussed here will help you better understand your choices as you start shopping around. Finding the best waist trainer is a matter of carefully considering your personal goals and then applying what you’ve learned here to find the best choice available. Waist trainers are valuable tools in helping to achieve the figure that you’ve always wanted.